Margaret Bridge is a young Irish mezzo-soprano currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Voice and Opera at the New England Conservatory, Boston, under Lisa Saffer. In summer 2016, she was a studio artist with Chautauqua opera NY. Previously, she completed a masters in vocal performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. She is also a former young associate artist with Opera Theatre Company, with whom she performed in concerts and operas on tour across Ireland, and in recital at the National Concert Hall and Dublin Castle. A versatile artist, her repertoire ranges from early baroque through classical and romantic, right up to contemporary music and her roles include Agrippina (Agrippina, NEC), Hen/Pasek’s wife (Příhody lišky Bystroušky, NEC), Erisbe (L’Ormindo, RIAM), Pat Nixon (act II cover) (Nixon in China, Wide Open Opera), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, extracts, RIAM), Journalist (Sensational!, RIAM), Cock (The Cunning Little Vixen, RIAM), Monica (The Medium, Mid-West Opera), and Lady Billows (Albert Herring, RIAM).
Margaret has a particular interest in contemporary opera and in December 2014, she collaborated with composition students at RIAM to produce Interface, a short opera about the difficulties of Skype and long-distance relationships. In July 2015, she travelled to Italy to revive Il Testamento, by Riccardo Riccardi, which premiered at RIAM in March 2014.
Margaret is also at home in oratorio and highlights so far include Bach’s Cantata 63 (Dec 2015) and Weihnachtsoratorium (Dec 2014) with the Goethe Institut choir in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Léran Music festival, France, (June 2013). She has also been delighted to perform several times in her alma mater, Trinity College Dublin, with the Dublin University Choral Society, with whom she has sung Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
Upcoming engagements include the role Elaine O’Neill in Later the Same Evening for Opera Memphis Midtown Festival (April 2017) and chorus engagements with the Handel + Haydn society for the 2017-18 season.
Before deciding to pursue singing, Margaret completed a B.A. in Music (musicology major) at Trinity College Dublin, where she was elected to scholarship in 2010, and was conductor of the college chapel choir from 2011-2013. When not singing, which is rare, Margaret enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her thirteen nieces and nephews.